Hooda announces bonanza for SC students

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Karnal, Dec 9 (UNI) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today announced a bonanza of incentives for the members belonging to Scheduled Castes(SC), especially the students, which included implementation of schemes involving an investment of Rs 1000 crore.

The Chief Minister, who was addressing a mammoth gathering at the 'Dalit Samman Rally' here, announced to implement a Rs 260 crore 'Mukhamantry Dalit Chhatra Shiksha Yojana' to give financial incentives to Scheduled Caste students so as to encourage them to continue their education.

Under this scheme, at the time of admission of a SC student in class-I, a financial incentive of Rs 100 per month would be awarded to boys and Rs 150 per month to girls. This financial incentive would be given upto class-V.

From Class VI, this incentive would be enhanced to Rs 150 for each boy and Rs 200 for each girl. They would get this incentive at the same rate upto VIII class. From class IX to XII, the rate of financial incentive would be further enhanced to Rs 200 per month for each SC boy and Rs 300 per month for each SC girl.

In case of Science students after class X, the rate of incentive would be Rs 300 per month for boys and Rs 400 per month for girls.

The scheme would be effective from next academic session and would involve an expenditure of Rs 15 crore in the first year.

When fully functional, the ambitious scheme would involve an annual expenditure of Rs 260 crore.

Mr Hooda said this financial incentive would be deposited in the savings accounts of the students. He said that this scheme had been introduced to check drop out rate among SC students. He said that about 1.10 lakh SC students join Class I every year, but their drop out rate was around 70 per cent, with only 30,000 continuing their education upto X class.

The incentive based scheme would check the drop out rate among SCs, he added. He highlighted the significance of the scheme saying that other states would also have to follow this innovative scheme to ensure a bright future for SC students.

The Chief Minister also announced a Rs 400 crore scheme to develop infrastructure like facility of water supply, power and repair of streets in those colonies where plots of 100 sq yards each would be allotted free of cost to members belonging to SCs and those living below the poverty line. He said that a scheme was also being formulated to provide shelter to the poor in urban areas.

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